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12:25 AM ET, March 27, 2012

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Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head  —  With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)  —  Trayvon Martin, as he appeared on his actual Facebook page  —  Over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago.
Frances Robles / MiamiHerald.com:
Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin  —  SANFORD — Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school in October in an incident in which he was found in possession of women's jewelry and a screwdriver that a schools security staffer described as a “burglary tool,” The Miami Herald has learned.
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
An Unfortunate T-Shirt Hits Florida Streets In Wake Of Trayvon Martin Killing  —  Expanding the definition of “cracker,” a t-shirt featuring the photo of the man who shot Trayvon Martin is now available for purchase.  —  As seen at right (click to enlarge), the shirt has a picture of George Zimmerman and the words “Pussy Ass Cracker.”
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Mother Seeks Trayvon Martin Trademarks  —  Records: Late teenager's kin filed pair of applications last week  —  The mother of Trayvon Martin has filed two applications to secure trademarks containing her late son's name, records show.  —  Sabrina Fulton is seeking marks for the phrases …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Former NAACP leader accuses Sharpton and Jackson of ‘exploiting’ Trayvon Martin  —  Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”  —  “His family should be outraged at the fact …
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida Teenager Had Been Suspended Over Marijuana
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Killing Lead Prosecutor Says George Zimmerman Could Walk
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Moving on to the mandate (FINAL UPDATE)  —  When Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., commented at the end of Monday's first day of hearings on the health care law, “We'll continue argument on this case tomorrow,” it seemed to have a secondary meaning even if he did not intend it.
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
SCOTUS skeptical of idea that mandate is a tax
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’  —  SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” …
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New York Times:
Most Oppose at Least Part of Overhaul, Poll Finds  —  Two-thirds of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn some or all of the health care law, even though large majorities support a few of its major aspects, according to a poll by The New York Times and CBS News.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Josh Lederman / The Hill:
GOP contenders use hearing to blast president, each other
Discussion: CNN
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Obama's health law proving successful
Daniel J. Hopkins / Washington Post:
The exaggerated life of ‘death panels’
Sarah Huisenga / NationalJournal.com:
Gingrich Begins Charging $50 for Photos at Events  —  Candidate previously posed for free with people attending his appearances.  —  HOCKESSIN, Del. - In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following …
Discussion: Politico
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NBC's Alex Moe / msnbc.com:
Gingrich criticizes Obama, charges attendees $50 per photo  —  HOCKESSIN, Del. - Marking the first presidential candidate visit to Delaware this cycle, Newt Gingrich criticized President Obama's comments to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, as “alarming behavior.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newt Gingrich loses his print reporters  —  Newt Gingrich has lost his last embedded print reporters, reporters on the trail confirm.  —  The last two print reporters covering Gingrich full-time on the trail — from POLITICO and the Atlanta Journal Constitution — pulled out on Friday.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Catholic Bishops Lose a Big Battle Over Contraception  —  For the past several months, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been waging war on the Obama administration over reproductive health care, declaring it no less than a battle over religious freedom.
Dodai Stewart / Jezebel:
Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed [Hunger Games]  —  The good news?  The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend, making it the third-best debut in North American box office history.  The bad news, however, reflects a level of idiocy that we weren't really expecting.
CNN:
Strauss-Kahn charged in alleged prostitution ring  —  (CNN) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged in France on Monday with “aggravated pimping” for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring, prosecutors said.  —  He is not allowed to have contact …
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Charles Thompson / PennLive.com:
Pennsylvania representative asks if female co-sponsors of state ultrasound bill are ‘men with breasts’  —  Pennsylvania State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Philadelphia, picked up the political hand grenade that is the state's ultrasound bill today when she wondered aloud at a Capitol rally …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Models Based on ‘Fundamentals’ Have Failed at Predicting Presidential Elections  —  The 1988 presidential election was a victory for political science.  Michael Dukakis had led George Bush in the polls for much of the spring and summer.  But Mr. Bush had some fundamental advantages …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Gohmert: Liberals should fear ‘redneck president’ if court upholds mandate  —  Liberals should be concerned about what a future “redneck president” could impose on them if the Supreme Court upholds the healthcare reform law's mandate that everyone have insurance, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Monday.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Mike Penney / WWDR?:
It's Not Just a “War on Women.”  It's Worse.  —  I bumped into a friend I'll call Kim four or five days ago on my way to the chairlift for some afternoon skiing.  She was on her snowboard and riding single for a few hours before her evening shift at a local restaurant.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The silly 2016 speculation game  —  It may be impossible to make any serious predictions about a far-off race, but that has never stopped a pundit  —  Being that it's still March 2012 and we have no way of knowing who will actually be president by the end of January 2013 (besides “not Ron Paul …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obama Administration To Establish Strong Carbon Pollution Limits For New Power Plants  —  In one of the most significant reversals of Bush-era policy, the Obama administration plans tomorrow to issue greenhouse pollution limits for new power plants, a major step in the fight against global warming.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeff Sneider / Variety:
Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan in ‘Butler’  —  Actress will portray former First Lady in Lee Daniels pic  —  In the midst of recruiting an all-star ensemble for his long-gestating passion project “The Butler,” director Lee Daniels has tapped Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: I Won't Detail Plans, Because Then I'd Lose  —  You'll have to wait until I'm elected.  —  Mitt Romney has embraced a budget plan that would entail cutting federal programs other than defense and Social Security by more than half.  It does raise the question of how he plans to carry out such a sweeping goal.
Brendan Hoffman / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Cheney's Heart Transplant Surgery  —  It was a call from the cardiology department at Inova Fairfax Hospital; he was told to come to the hospital quickly - a donor heart was likely to become available within hours.  —  “His response was to say, 'Sure.  What time?
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Former Rep. William Jefferson's conviction upheld by appeals panel
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Support for war in Afghanistan hits all-time low
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Access Boosts Women's Wages, Study Finds
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Republicans delay Monday's vote on short-term highway bill
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U.S. Customs Will Recognize Same-Sex Families At Borders
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Under 40? Obama Has Branded You
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
John Sweeney / BBC:
Park Romney: Why he turned against the Mormon church
Discussion: Biased BBC and The Raw Story
Rebecca Smith / Telegraph:
Elderly dying due to ‘despicable age discrimination in NHS’
Wall Street Journal:
Governor 13.3%  —  Jerry Brown's latest California accomplishment.
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